At the Catskills camp built in 1910, the entire interior is sheathed in rough lumber. Bark-on split (half) logs form casings around doors, ribs in the vaulted ceiling, and “mouldings” at junctions in walls and ceilings. Smaller bark-on split logs attached vertically to lower walls create a rustic wainscot and, in some rooms, a frieze. Upper walls are sheathed in tongue-and-groove boards installed on the diagonal or vertically.
This is not, however, a “log cabin,” but rather a stone house with wood-framed interior walls clad in cedar sheathing. Because most of the wall surfaces are either flat or installed vertically, dust accumulation is less problematic than in a house with horizontal logs.
Patricia Poore is Editor-in-chief of Old-House Journal and Arts & Crafts Homes, as well as editorial director at Active Interest Media’s Home Group, overseeing New Old House, Traditional Building, and special-interest publications.
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